Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson has added West Virginia transfer Keaton Miles to his recruiting class.
Keaton Miles chose Arkansas over Utah and Colorado State on Monday morning.
Miles made his decision over the weekend and then announced it this morning.
“I'm excited,” Miles said. “I'm a Razorback. This is a big day.”
Miles visited Arkansas the weekend of June 14-16 and left Fayetteville impressed with Anderson's style of basketball. Miles was familiar with Anderson since he recruited Miles when Anderson was at Missouri. Miles played his high school basketball at Dallas (Texas) Lincoln.
Miles will have to sit out the 2013-14 season and then will have two years of eligibility remaining. Miles opted to leave West Virginia following his sophomore season. At 6-7, 210, Miles could fit perfectly into Anderson's up-tempo style of play.
“He's a good all-around player,” 247Sports' Jerry Meyer said. “He fits that mold of forwards West Virginia has had recently sort of long and lanky.
“He can play the three or the four. He gives them length on defense. He's not a muscular guy that will overpower you physically. He's just a good over all player. He's a solid player...a player who can help a team.”
Coming out of Lincoln High School, Miles drew a lot of recruiting attention before signing with West Virginia. Miles averaged 18 points and 13 rebounds per game while leading the team to a 29-4 record. He was MVP of the Texas vs. Oklahoma all-star game. Miles played AAU basketball with the Dallas Mustangs. He averaged 13.2 points and 12 rebounds as a junior.
Miles never really found his game at West Virginia in part due to limited playing time. As a freshman, Miles started 30 games averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds. That increased to 2.6 points and 1.9 rebounds this past season. Miles is the fourth player to transfer from the program since the end of the season. From year one to year two in Morgantown, Miles' minutes dropped by nearly two minutes per game, while his points per game, field goal percentage, blocks and steals all increased.
Meyer compares the style of game that Miles will play in at Arkansas to that at West Virginia.
“He would fit into that,” Meyer said of Arkansas. “He's not super quick or super strong, but he's a good athlete and he is good in space.
“He's not really a grind-it-out type player which is West Virginia's style. The more wide open the game, the more a 90-foot game the better for him. I think Arkansas is a little better fit in that style of play for sure.”
Miles will join North Little Rock point guard Anton Beard and Forest City power forward Trey Thompson as new Razorbacks in the 2014-15 season. Miles will be on scholarship immediately at Arkansas and eligible to practice with the team this season.
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